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Motorcyclist charged with reckless homicide in 2015 crash

Paul Szydlowski | Cook County sheriff's office

A north suburban motorcyclist has been charged more than a year after a West Rogers Park neighborhood crash that left his passenger dead on the North Side.

Paul M. Szydlowski, 32, faces one felony count of reckless homicide for the July 20, 2015, crash in the 7300 block of North Western Avenue, Chicago Police announced Friday night.

About 1:15 p.m. that afternoon, Szydlowski was “weaving in and out of lanes carelessly” while driving a Harley-Davidson north on Western, police allege. He drove into oncoming traffic and slammed into a Toyota Camry, police said.

He and his passenger, 23-year-old Lauren Lohan, were taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where the woman died hours later, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Lohan lived in the 200 block of Wille Avenue in Wheeling.

Szydlowski, of the 2800 block of Brindle Court in Northbrook, was listed in critical condition after the crash, police said. The 41-year-old woman driving the Toyota was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital in good condition.

Szydlowski was ordered held on a $300,000 bond at a Friday hearing, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 1.